HELLO GUYS! I know I’ve said this so many times, but I really am sorry for being MIA lately! This has literally been thee busiest season of life so far. Between the new job, moving, and the 10+ weddings, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, & weekend trips, I’ve hardly had a minute to slow down & write.
If you might’ve missed it, you can read the update here. There are so many things I want to share about my new job, and you guys have had a lot of really great questions for me! Whether its about the interview process, how I decided to switch to one speciality, what exactly the new job is, etc. y’all have given me plenty of topics for the next few months! But for now, I thought I would just start by answering the basics and telling you a little more about what my new job is like.
I am back to being a normal human and working five, 8 hour shifts, M-F. Not gonna lie… in the beginning, I was definitely missing my old schedule of four 10 hour shifts & having Monday’s off. BUT, I do feel like I have SIGNIFICANTLY more energy during the week working an 8 hour shift than I did a 10 hour shift. Weird how much 2 hours can make a difference! My daily schedule & patient load really varies depending on what exams I am doing. Just like my last job, if I am doing a bunch of 15 minute patients, I can see onwards of 15+ patients a day. But, if I’m doing longer, 45 minute exams, I will see less patients, perhaps like 8-10. Everyday and every schedule is different; just one of the many things I love about this job & ultrasound in general!
We see patients for all different reasons. Most commonly:
- pregnancy confirmations
- viability scans
- nuchal translucency’s
- fetal anatomy
- fetal growth
- follow up’s
- amniotic fluid checks
- Amenorrhea – absence of periods
- Dysmenorrhea – painful periods & cramps
- Menorrhagia – heavy, painful periods
- Metrorrhagia – bleeding in between cycles
- Dyspareunia – painful intercourse
- Post menopausal bleeding
- Pelvic pain
- Ovarian Cysts
- Congenital uterine anomalies
- IUD localization
- Endometrial biopsies
- Ultrasound-guided IUD insertions, removals, replacements
- Dilation & Curettage
Initially, I was a little scared to go from working in radiology & scanning all different modalities to only OBGYN. I was scared it would get monotonous. I was scared it wouldn’t be interesting enough, or that I wouldn’t feel challenged. But gosh, that could not be further from the reality! Every single day has been a learning experience for me. I have learned more in the last 3 months than I had in the past year. Whether it’s about anatomy, pathology, or scanning techniques, my skillset & my knowledge have been inadequate, challenged, and therefore, strengthened. Training was difficult for me because I was constantly realizing how much I didn’t know. I’m finally starting to feel more comfortable & equipped thanks to the training and patience of all the techs around me.
My new job is different than my old onein that I am working in an office with doctors, nurses & medical assistants. Often times, I report immediately to the doctor with what my preliminary findings are. Sometimes they’re even in the room with me while I scan patient. As you can imagine, this is a polar opposite environment from what I came from working in an outpatient radiology. More than anything, it’s a lot more pressure than I am used to. Its imperative that I know what I’m looking at, what I’m looking for, and what I’m seeing in this environment, especially when it comes to OB.
One of my most favorite things about my new job is most certainly the people. I have never in my career encountered so many physicians who are understanding, approachable, willing to educate, and all-around amazing doctors to their patients. I think this is one of the many things that really alleviates the pressure of the job — being comfortable with the doctors I’m working with. Furthermore, the patients are great. I’ve worked in a few different cities throughout my career thus far and so far, Orange County has been a breath of fresh air. My patients are almost always appreciative, engaged, excited & kind. Because I get to work with them throughout their entire pregnancy, (especially those who are high risk and get seen weekly), I really have the opportunity to bond & grow a relationship with them. So far, I’ve gotten to meet a couple newborn babies that I scanned in-utero numerous times, and that has been one of the sweetest, most surreal experiences in this journey! ❤
I’m really looking forward to all the growth that lies ahead for me in this new setting & sharing it all with you! What else do you want to know about life in OBGYN? Leave a comment in the box below & it could be my next post 🙂 ❤